Extended swine cull program accepting forms

The extended national cull breeding swine program will begin taking applications from eligible hog producers Thursday (May 7), the Canadian Pork Council said Wednesday.

Funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and delivered by the CPC, the extended program goes further back to include breeding swine culled between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, 2007.

That’s on top of any breeding swine covered under the original program, which provided payments for animals culled from Nov. 1, 2007 to Nov. 30, 2008.

“Following the implementation of the original program, statistics on the national breeding herd indicated that the cull actually began as early as Aug. 1, 2007,” CPC president Jurgen Preugschas said in a release, explaining the federal government’s decision in March this year to cover earlier culls.

“The extended program supports those producers who downsized their herds due to difficult economic times prior to the period covered in the original program,” said Preugschas, a hog producer from Mayerthorpe, Alta.

Qualifying producers will be paid $225 per breeding swine culled over the period from Aug. 1, 2007 to Nov. 30, 2008, adjusted for proceeds from sales made through regular commercial channels between Aug. 1, 2007 and April 13, 2008, the launch date of the original program.

Breeding swine sold after April 13, 2008 where the pork was sent for human consumption are not eligible for the program, the CPC said Wednesday.

Hog producers who shipped breeding swine for rendering during the period may also recover eligible slaughter and disposal costs, the council noted. On-farm culls during the period may also be eligible if they were witnessed by a qualified person and complied with “environmental and humane treatment conditions.”

To take part in the cull program, approved hog producers must have emptied an entire breeding barn or barns. They must also not have housed, and must commit not to house, swine breeding stock in the same barn(s) for three years following the cull.

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